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1.13.15: Benefits Of Being Cold, Reinventing Comfort Food, & Making The Case For Snow Days

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It’s going to be another cold week, so it’s time to turn up the thermostat, and pile on the blankets. Or maybe not. On today’s show, we consider the benefits of being cold.

Then, as winter progresses, school superintendents will grapple with whether or not to cancel school – we’ll hear the case for more snow days.

And a chef reinvents classic comfort food.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

The Benefits of Being Cold

  • James Hamblin is a senior editor at the Atlantic. He writes their monthly health column, hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk,  and shows us that being cold and weight loss aren’t as separate as they seem.
The Benefits of Being Cold

Reinventing Comfort Food

  • Kerry Altiero is the author of the book Adventures in Comfort Food, and the chef and owner of Café Miranda in Rockland, Maine.
  • You can check out Café Miranda’s menu and buy Kerry’s book here.
Reinventing Comfort Food

The Glory Days of Tupperware

  • In this piece, The Kitchen Sisters Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva bring us back to the days of plastic bowls, home parties, and Tupperware conventions.
  • You can listen to the story again at

The Case for Closing Schools on Snow Days

The Case for Closing Schools on Snow Days

What They Carried: Spanish Flu

  • BackStory contributor Catherine Moore tells of how soldiers returning from World War I brought the Spanish flu back with them.
  • You can listen to the story again at
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